Safer Summer Activities for Older Adults
Whether you’re the adventurous type, or you prefer the comfort of home, here are a few safer ways to enjoy a good dose of vitamin D, a breath of fresh air, and some fun in the summer sun.
MAKE A SPLASH
Are you looking for a fun and easy way to cool off this summer? Pop to the pool! Water-based activities like water aerobics and swimming are fantastic for older adults and people with limited mobility. Why? Because water lessens the impact of movement on your joints, while building muscle and increasing blood flow. If you’re not a strong swimmer, wading in the shallows can be beneficial too.
Side note—if you can, opt for a pool with shade overhead to avoid over-exposing yourself to the sun, and always apply SPF 50+ sunscreen regularly while swimming in an outdoor pool.
ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
There are so many easy ways to enjoy your community in summer. You could take a leisurely stroll in your local park or wildlife reserve. You could visit the nearest beach for an hour or two. You could drop into your local café for an iced latte or milkshake. Or you could spend some time visiting a friend. Need some help getting from A to B this summer? We can offer transport services and support at your destination!
ENJOY THE FAMILIAR
If you’re more of a homebody but still want to enjoy a bit of summer sunshine, put your backyard to good use! Try a spot of gardening—plant some fantastic florals or yummy veggies. Set up a bird bath (with running water) to attract native birds and grab your binoculars! Or simply pop a comfy chair in the shade and enjoy a good book and cup of tea.
Remember: always be sun smart. Wear protective clothing, SPF 50+ sunscreen, and carry plenty of water with you when you venture out into the sun. Avoid going out during the hottest hours of the day, and seek shade wherever possible.
Are you ready to get out and about and have some summer fun? Explore your community with our flexible transport and social support services. Click here to learn more and contact us at After-Care today!